GSU to play in inaugural Classic

The Tigers will be in the house!

Grambling State men’s basketball team will play in the inaugural Bridge Builder Classic against Jackson State on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Mitchell Center on the campus of the University of South Alabama. 

“We excited about the opportunity to play in the inaugural Bridge Builder Classic and against a conference foe,” Grambling State head men’s basketball coach Donte’ Jackson said. “This opportunity will allow for us to gain exposure in south Alabama and we look forward to playing against Jackson State.” 

The game was created to enhance exposure for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and highlight the roles that HBCUs play in educating aspiring professionals and developing future leaders. The Bridge Builder Classic will serve as the “ultimate HBCU basketball experience” in the City of Mobile. 

“We are excited to host the inaugural Bridge Builder Classic in the City of Mobile. It has been our goal to invest in the exposure of HBCUs here in the Gulf Coast area,” says Kevin Ball, Managing Partner of the Bridge Builder Classic. “With the inception of the Gulf Coast Challenge and Bridge Builder Classic, the City of Mobile is quickly becoming recognized as the ‘Home of HBCU Events.’ We anticipate that the Bridge Builder Classic will become the premier showcase of the HBCU talent housed within Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Basketball.” 

The HBCU basketball experience will feature regional SWAC teams including Alabama State University, Jackson State University, Grambling State University and Bethune-Cookman University. The event will also feature several Alabama high school teams including Williamson Mobile County High School (Mobile, Ala.), C.F. Vigor High School (Prichard, Ala.), Mattie T. Blount High School (Prichard, Ala.), George W. Carver High School (Montgomery, Ala.), Jess Lanier High School (Bessemer, Ala.), and John L. Leflore High School (Mobile, Ala.). 

“The Bridge Builder Classic is unique because, for the first time, we will showcase local high school teams on the same day & floor as collegiate teams,” says Ball. “The exposure of the high school players to the collegiate atmosphere & programs will be immeasurable. We know that the City of Mobile is a basketball town, and we anticipate a good turnout for this full day of games.” 

Tentative Schedule 

High School Games: 

10:00 am – Williamson Mobile County High School vs C.F. Vigor High School 

Noon – Mattie Blount High School vs George W. Carver High School 

2:00 pm – Jess Lanier High School vs John L. Leflore High School 

College Games: 

5:00 pm – Jackson State University vs Grambling State University 

7:00 pm – Bethune-Cookman University vs Alabama State University 

For information about schedule of events, tickets and much more, please visit or follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @bridgebuilderclassic. 

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